Two sets of controls are available, depending on your mood. The left analog stick can handle the swing, which is more natural but tends to allow for some serious wildness in all directions if you don't focus like a laser beam. There's also the more traditional three-click approach that golf game gurus have been using for decades. It all works perfectly well - almost too well when you don't line up the club, wind, and course layout just right. Spectators beware!
When you're not smashing slices into unsuspecting fans' groins, chances are you'll be tearing up the innovative GamerNet challenges. There are scads of things to do, such as mimicking crazy shots that others have posted online or participating in tournaments. You can even upload your own awesome accomplishments for folks to top if you feel like bragging. However, with so many gameplay offerings, it only seems logical that something had to suffer a little bit - in this case, it's the somewhat ordinary next-gen visuals. The player models are rather pedestrian, and the swing animations can be disjointed. It's nothing too detrimental, but we're hoping next season brings a bit more eye candy to the course.